re: Poker & Is this a good structure for a live game?
For comparison, I deal a game regularly with the following structure:
Starting stacks: 20K. Unlimited rebuys in the first hour, and one 10K add-on at the first break
First hour (20 minute levels)
100-200 / 200-400 / 300-600
Second hour (15 minute levels)
500-1000 / 1000-2000 / 2000-4000 / 3000-6000
Third hour (10 minute levels)
5000-10000 / 10000-20000 / 20000-40000 and so until it tops out at 100K-200K
That's set up to go for about two and a half to three hours (it has to be, because the bar has to close some time).
We do another one where we have 6K starting stacks and 10-minute levels (increments as above, finishing at 2000-4000) that's designed to get an entire table down to just two finalists inside an hour.
Yours sounds somewhere in the middle - depending on the number of players I'd guess it takes a couple of hours to finish up?
25 minute levels aren't rare live: in fact, outside of the extra-expensive tournaments, they're actually pretty generous. Everyday casino tournaments are often run with 15 or 20 minute levels, 1500 starting stacks and 25-50 blinds.